Edinburgh Anti-Cuts Alliance Meeting

6.30pm Thursday 16th January 2014                                                                                            Augustine Church, George IV Bridge                                                                                                The second meeting of the newly reformed EACA will be looking at building a demonstation against cuts to the City of Edinburgh Council’s budget and services.
All welcome.
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Lothian Anti-Bedroom Tax Federation response to Edinburgh Council on DHPs

On the 1st October Lothian Anti-Bedroom Tax Federation presented Edinburgh Council with a list of improvements they should make to their Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) scheme. This week the Council responded, failing to agree to the majority of the requests. Read on for the Federation’s response. (DHPs are the money made available to effectively pay the bedroom tax for those that can’t afford it). Continue reading

Edinburgh East Save Our Services Meeting

6.30pm Tuesday 5th November 2013                                                                              Northfield Community Centre, Northfield Road EH8 7PP. Meeting for those living in the East of the City to organise against public sector cuts, privatisation and welfare reform. Tonight we will be planning the public meeting on the Council budget for 2014/15. Everyone is welcome to join us.

Bedroom Tax – Council promise to boost Discretionary payments as non-payment soars

“Hit by the bedroom tax?  Apply for Discretionary Housing Payment now!” That was the message from the City of Edinburgh Council meeting on 1st October where anti bedroom tax campaigners addressed the Corporate Policy and Strategy Committee. The Scottish Government has made a “game-changing” £20 million available and at this meeting Edinburgh Council authorised officials to immediately start paying out more Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP). Continue reading

No Bedroom Tax! Protest at Edinburgh Council

Anti-Bedroom Tax Protest and Delegation to City of Edinburgh Council

9.15am Tuesday 1st October 2013

City Chambers, High St

Meeting of Corporate Policy and Strategy committee starts 10am. Come with placards and banners to make your feelings known. A delegation from the Lothian Federation of anti bedroom tax groups will speak at the meeting and emphasise the hardship caused by the tax. Continue reading

Fight to save the Engine Shed set for victory

Rumours are beginning to emerge from deep within Edinburgh Council that a change of approach to supported employment in Edinburgh will be announced in September.   After much discussion and a lot of campaigning, councillors from Edinburgh seem to be proposing a Status Quo approach for the next year.  During that time, careful thought will be given to how new developments can be married with the existing structure of services to ensure that people continue to get support.  Serious attention is likely to be given to whether competitive tendering is an appropriate way to manage supported employment services and a more constructive approach will be looked at.  Continue reading

Unite Bedroom Tax deptuation to Council Strategy Committee

Deputation to Corporate Policy and Strategy Committee Meeting 6/8/13

My name is Des Loughney and I am secretary of the UNITE Edinburgh Not For Profit Branch. The branch has about 800 members of whom 150 work for Housing Associations. We are grateful to the Committee for giving us this opportunity for commenting on the Welfare Reform further update report which is in front of you. The main concerns of my branch members who work for housing associations regarding the impact of the bedroom tax are: Continue reading

Bedroom tax leads to city rent arrears crisis

RENT arrears have soared since the “bedroom tax” was introduced, with 1500 more people now being plunged into debt than before.

New figures set to be debated at City Chambers today lay bare the short-term impact of the controversial welfare reforms on the Capital’s poorest citizens.                       Click here to read full article from the Edinburgh Evening news.

Under threat Engine Shed raises money for Special Olympics

SUPPORTERS of the under-threat Engine Shed have taken part in a sponsored walk to help raise awareness of their funding crisis. Around 50 walkers took part in the event, which saw participants of all ages walking from The Engine Shed on St Leonards Street, through Holyrood Park to St Margaret’s Loch. The walk raised more than £1000 for the Lothian Special Olympics, which provides sporting opportunities for people with learning 
disabilities. Organisers also hoped the event would raise further awareness of the funding crisis being faced by The Engine Shed, which provides training and support for young people with learning disabilities, some of whom will be taking part in the Lothian Special 
Olympics.

Click here to read full article from the Edinburgh Evening News.

Anti bedroom tax groups demand justice for Margaret

Edinburgh Council tenant Margaret has been denied an exemption for bedroom tax by City of Edinburgh Council despite being clearly entitled – she has overnight carers stay every night.  She wrote to the CEC as early as February applying for an exemption.  Instead of granting the exemption the Council have been phoning her up threatening she could be evicted if she didn’t pay her rent.  This is clearly against the Council policy of no evictions for bedroom tax arrears.  The stress of this situation has now led to Margaret giving up her tenancy, as she was becoming very ill.

Muirhouse and Pilton anti bedroom tax groups called for people to attend Councillor Cammy Day’s surgery at Muirhouse Library on 17 June to support Margaret and other tenants with bedroom tax problems.   Around 20 people turned up at short notice, an excellent show of solidarity.  Continue reading